Discussion List Engagement

Discussion List Engagement

In recent times, there have been a range of formal complaints and expressions of concern to the College Office and individual Board Directors from members, non-member peers within other societies, and others within the wider community about recent commentary within Infexion Connexion. Infexion Connexion is owned, paid for, and operated by ACIPC. Additionally, members have expressed concern that information posted is not always accurate and can be confusing to novice practitioners where advice is conflicting or lacking in evidence. Also of concern to the ACIPC Board have been reports that members have used language that could be perceived as intimidating to the Moderator about postings on Infexion Connexion. Each year, the ACIPC Board of Directors undertakes a review of the College functions and resources and in 2018 the Board transitioned the Policy Committee into the Practice Guidance Committee. It is expected in due course that the Practice Guidance Committee will better provide members with up to date relevant information and resources. Currently, Infexion Connexion is open to all who express an interest in infection prevention and control at no cost to the individual. However, given the above, the ACIPC Board has determined that membership of Infexion Connexion be unique to ACIPC members as a members-only community.

To ensure the best possible experience for all members, the College has established some basic guidelines for participation.  By joining and using this community, members agree to follow these guidelines and to reserve discussions and shared files and content to those that are best suited to the medium of a list serve. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the ACIPC Office. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, the College reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community when these guidelines are not adhered to.

Purpose

The primary purpose of Infexion Connexion is to provide members with a networking forum to facilitate member communication, share ideas, seek advice from peers and benefit from other members’ knowledge and experience.

The role of the moderator

The Moderator is a voluntary position who moderates the list serve on behalf of the College as time permits. Communication about list serve issues should be directed via the ACIPC Office and not directly to the Moderator. If the Moderator considers any material to be derisive, defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, brings the College in to disrepute or contains illegal materials, it will be forwarded to the ACIPC Office and will not be posted. In such cases, members will be advised by the ACIPC Office and all communication should be directed to the ACIPC Office and not to the Moderator

HOW DO I JOIN THE LIST?

ACIPC members will be automatically subscribed to the list using the email address they joined the college with

It’s easy to opt out – simply email admin@acipc.org.au or follow the unsubscribe links on the List 

If you are NOT a member of ACIPC and would like to join for access to the list, you can do so HERE. 

ACIPC List members can access the Infexion Connexion web archive HERE

The Guidelines

Opinion pieces should be submitted to the College’s journal, Infection, Disease and Health for publication, which will allow for the usual processes to be instituted for debate.

Commercial messages will not be posted on the discussion list. If members wish to nominate particular products or commercial resources, contact people directly if you believe it would be of assistance. 

Community member contact information for the purpose of sharing with any third party is a breach of privacy legislation and is not allowed under these guidelines. An example would be the collection and provision of member data to a third party for the purposes of targeting invitations to a conference, educational or promotional event.

Employment opportunities, upcoming education events and notices such as product recall should be directed for distribution to members via the ACIPC Office. Any posts on these topics should be forwarded to the ACIPC Office in the first instance and any that are sent to the Moderator will be forwarded to the ACIPC Office for distribution to the membership when information has been verified. (It is recommended members utilise the college website and e-Newsletter to distribute employment opportunities).

All messages must add to the body of knowledge. 

If members have a commercial conflict of interest that relates to the posting, a statement to this effect should be included. In instances where a conflict has not been declared, the poster will be requested by the ACIPC Office for this to be included. If the poster does not agree to include such a statement, the information will not be posted on Infexion Connexion.

Discussion Group Etiquette

Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. Include any conflict of interest which might relate to the topic of the posting. This might include funding to the member by industry or product manufacturers for advice, or as a retainer.

State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.  

Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information and put your response before the original posting.  

Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.  

Send messages such as “thanks for the information” or “me, too” to individuals–not to the entire list.

Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list.” Instead contact the ACIPC Office.

The Legal Stuff

Posting of content on the site by users does not constitute an endorsement or approval by the College.

Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.

The College reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.